The right weight loss habits are essential to help you stay motivated and healthy. If you have been struggling with excess weight, it is important to find a plan that feels manageable for your lifestyle and likes. In this article we will look at some common right weight loss habits.
1. Keep a food journal.
The first step is to measure your weight and body fat percentage so you know where you are starting from and how far you need to go. Then keep a food journal for at least three months. Write down everything that you eat and drink including portion size. Write down when and where you ate or drank it. If there is a situation where the food or beverage was provided, write who provided it, what was provided and why you ate or drank it. That way you can figure out which situations are leading to over eating.
2. Slowly reduce your caloric intake.
When you work on losing weight, it is important to make gradual changes rather than trying to make too big a difference at once. Begin your weight loss program by reducing your caloric intake by 500 calories per day. If you can do that, keep the same amount of exercise and increase your water intake, you will soon begin to see a difference in your energy levels and a change in the way that you look and feel.
3. Stop eating when you are full.
When you eat, stop when you are satisfied. This can be a little tricky at first, but it is the one habit that makes the biggest difference in weight loss. When you are full, stop eating. If you can’t make yourself stop eating when you are full, put down your fork and let it go until the next time.
4. Make all your meals and snacks healthy choices.
When you eat out or whenever junk food is served, make every bite a healthy choice for both flavor and nutrition. The average school lunch has about 1000 calories and about 25% of those calories should come from fat. By choosing foods that are lower in fat, you save about 400 calories daily, which is equivalent to one-third of your total caloric intake. Choose the leanest meats and cheeses, low-fat salad dressings and lean cuts of meat.